Gathering Clouds at Fenway?

A century ago, this week Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel, a solar eclipse took place, the Carpathia arrived in New York carrying survivors of the Titanic and the rains pounded Boston.

 Harriet Quimby was killed in a plane crash less than three months after flying across the English Channel.

The rains would last for two days postponing the opening of Fenway Park not once but twice. The Boston Post reported that the postponements were a “blow to the box office” owed to the fact that “Thursday was a state holiday in New Hampshire and hundreds of excursioinists had arranged with the railroads for transportation to Boston”. This contingent would now be missing from the inaugural crowd and despite Red Sox president Jimmy McAleer’s hope that “Pluvius would relent” the rains left the outfield in “wretched condition” and the result was a cost to the Red Sox of about 10,000 patrons.

USS Carpathia

Last night it rained at Fenway Park but it was the Texas Rangers who were responsible for the storm, not Pluvius. And what rained was baseballs as the Rangers pounded five Red Sox pitchers for 21 hits scoring 18 runs while the Red Sox could muster but three.

Reliever Mark Melancon faced six batters giving up four hits, two walks. All of them scored. (photo Jim Davis)

The pounding at the hands of the Rangers comes off a 1-0 Patriots Day loss to the Tampa Bay Rays and no doubt will give new life to the nattering nabobs of negativism that comprise so many of the Boston sports media. The negativity had been somewhat staved with three straight Fenway Park wins over Tampa last week but make no mistake, the negatoryists (I just made that up) loom and hover, some with glee, and will pounce at the slightest hint and/or sniff of something, anything negative.

There is not a whole lot of positives one can derive from an 18-3 pounding at home which has the Red Sox in last place in the AL East three games behind Baltimore and it leaves a gathering cloud over Bobby Valentine and his Red Sox. That cloud will dissipate on Friday as Pluvius has promised to cooperate.

Jupiter Pluvius

A warm sunny day is promised for Friday as Fenway Park will celebrate her 100th birthday. The Fenway Faithful and Fenway Park will indulge in a love fest, the likes of which the park and the patrons have never seen. They will gather, honor, remember and then at 3:05 PM the Red Sox and Yankees will play and Fenway Park’s climate will then be dictated by the level of play.

Today Josh Beckett will be called upon to right the Good Ship Red Sox which took a hefty hit last.

He’s coming off a strong outing and a win in Fenway’s opener last Friday against the Rays. A win tonight will add to Pluvius’ promised Friday sunshine and momentarily stave of the aforementioned nabobs. But rest assured that the clouds will never be far away from Bobby Valentine and his team and there will be a wide range of media folks who will remind us when they gather. Some will even look for them!

And so it is at this time in Fenway Park history, April 18, 2012.

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Hello and welcome, my name is Raymond Sinibaldi. An educator for more than two decades, a baseball fan for nearly 60 years, I have authored four books about baseball and her glorious history; with a fifth on the way in late spring of 2015; the first, The Babe in Red Stockings which was co-authored with Kerry Keene and David Hickey. It is a chronicle of Babe's days with the Red Sox. We also penned a screenplay about Babe's Red Sox days so if any of you are Hollywood inclined or would like to represent us in forwarding that effort feel free to contact me through my email. In 2012 we three amigos published Images of Fenway Park in honor of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park. That led to the creation of this blog. The following year, 2013 came my first solo venture, Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota. This is a pictorial history of spring training in those two Florida cities. The spring of 2014 brought forth the 1967 Red Sox, The Impossible Dream Season. The title speaks for itself and it also is a pictorial history. Many of the photos in this book were never published before. The spring of 2015 will bring 1975 Red Sox, American League Champions. Another pictorial effort, this will be about the Red Sox championship season of 1975 and the World Series that restored baseball in America. I was fortunate enough to consult with sculptor Franc Talarico on the “Jimmy Fund” statue of Ted Williams which stands outside both Fenway Park and Jet Blue Park Fenway South, in Fort Myers Florida. That story is contained in the near 300 posts which are contained herein. This blog has been dormant for awhile but 2015 will bring it back to life so jump on board, pass the word and feel free to contact me about anything you read or ideas you may have for a topic. Thanks for stopping by, poke around and enjoy. Autographed copies of all my books are available here, simply click on Raymond Sinibaldi and email me.
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